It has been quite the week. Ups and downs, both of which we know accompany the gift of life. And it is a gift.
Let’s focus on the positive, shall we? This week I received not one but TWO new reviews of Versions of the Self. Wow. My latest book has been featured on two blogs this week and both are complementary.
Getting Personal with Poetry
The first one is from talented writer Freya Pickard, who wrote on her Drangonscale Clippings blog,
“What struck me about these poems was the personal nature and themes they explore. This is a poet being honest and unpretentious.”
And that is the line that stuck with me from her review. Why be anyone that you are not? Why put on airs or hide behind a facade? Be YOU, beautiful you.
And I’m so glad that this way of being comes through in my poetry collection.
Sometimes Less is More
The second review of Versions of the Self is on the highly esteemed Book to the Future blog, where Ste J. explains,
“Each of the poems are direct and convey their emotions simply and fluently. There are plenty of excellent phrases scattered generously around showcasing Christy’s ability to convey maximum feeling in short bursts on the page; Which I find to be mirrored with the excellent cover design.”
And, so, I am reminded that the self need not use complex phrases or an abundance of words. In many ways, less is more. Sometimes using too many words can take away from the heart of the message.
Speaking about the Heart, From the Heart
For those of you who know me well, you know that sometimes my heart gets overextended. I may try too much to fulfill requests (professionally and personally) and wear myself out in the process or let others down. That is a weakness that I am trying to work on. We all have things about ourselves that need improvement, right?
I propose today as a day for looking at the self, being thankful for what we have, and looking for ways to better who we are. Here, in Victora, BC, I’ll relax with “blue sky” thoughts.
Let’s be genuine, confident, and hopeful, with a love for our self that enables us to then love others unconditionally.
♥ Christy B